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City manager: Job fair a success

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Other than during the mid-afternoon thunderstorm, traffic was flowing steadily into the Roswell Convention and Civic Center, 912 N. Main, as the city conducted its first-ever job fair.

By about 3:30 p.m., 140 people had walked through the doors of the exhibit hall where tables for many of the city’s departments lined the perimeter. Staff members were on hand to answer questions, talk with potential applicants and even conduct interviews on the spot.

The Human Resources department also had a table to help expedite the hiring process including starting background checks and arranging drug tests or physicals.

Jobs open included police officer, emergency dispatcher, customer service for the Spring River Zoo and Roswell Museum and Art Center and more.

City Manager Joe Neeb said that at mid-afternoon, the city had made 30 job offers and each department had a list of people for further callbacks. A crowd of 16- to 18-year-olds was expected in the after-school hours for part-time seasonal jobs such as lifeguard at the Recreation and Aquatic Center.

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“I think it was a success. At least it was a good attempt at getting people back to work,” Neeb said.

Neeb said the job fair attracted people at a variety of career levels.

“Some had master’s degrees all the way down to people just starting out in their careers. We actually had some employees that moved from one department to another, which didn’t dawn on me that that would have been a thing,” Neeb said.

Neeb the city will likely conduct more job fairs in the future, with one possibly in the fall, but also will consider offering the space for a community-wide job fair to help restaurants and other businesses hire employees.

“They’re struggling the same way of having people so they can get back to normal,” Neeb said.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.